The talented and attractive soprano Sabrina Cvilak magnificently sang and acted the part of the naïve, pure Desdemona. She has a confident, full-toned instrument with great focus and a remarkable suppleness, which she uses with intelligence and skill. Her gorgeous ascending phrases in Dio ti giocondi were liquid vocal manna. The eerie, chilling quality of her death scene was haunting and unforgettable. O Salce!, salce! (the Willow song) was extremely poignant, and the Ave Maria was angelic and dreamlike. This last act showed one of the soprano’s most appealing abilities: trancelike floating pianissimos and a diminuendo that tapered infinitesimally to a most delicate almost imperceptible release.

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